Small, Orange and Wonderful

ipod.jpgIt wasn’t too many years ago that portable music for me meant carrying around a personal CD player.

That CD player sat neatly in the back pocket of my cycling jerseys and each day I’d cycle off to work with a CD in the player and another CD in another pocket for the ride home. That would give me a choice of about 20 songs each day.

How things change.

Pauline gave me an orange 8GB iPod Nano for Christmas, replacing my aging 4GB iPod Mini. It’s so incredibly small and light that it feels as if it weighs nothing.

Instead of the daily choice of 20 songs that I used to have on the old CD player, I currently have 1 581 songs loaded to the iPod with room for several more albums. I’m also subscribed to a couple of podcasts. With the extra room now available I’m wondering what other podcasts I might add to the list.

The new iPod also has a colour screen and I spent a bit of time last night loading lots of album covers to iTunes. I can now scroll through the album art on the screen to choose my music. I haven’t yet downloaded any videos or photos to the iPod but that’s something else I can do.

I’m sure it’s not just me who gets blown away at how fast technology changes. What new technology boggles your mind?

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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

The views he expresses here are his own.

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  • It ALL boggles the mind – as I said in a post on one of my blogs, when I was born my grandparents came to Vienna from the country and crossed themselves when they first saw electric lights being switched on, today we use Tesla coils to make lightning to play the theme of Nintendo Super Mario Brothers (itself a miracle of technology in its heyday and now already well surpassed) for our amusement.

    Singularity and melt-down in 5… 4… 3…

  • iPods are very cool. But what really blows me away is the Internet & Blogging. Just think, I am in Scottsdale, AZ and you are down under somewhere. And we have become acquainted with one another. To top that off, you are my brother in Christ!

    Amazing to me!

  • teddleruss, I do wonder what some of those in the older generations think of the rapid rise of technology. There are people alive today who would have been around to see the beginnings of many of the things we now take for granted as well as seeing all the current technology.

  • You’re right, David. The possibility that I can communicate so easily to so many people through so many methods is amazing. While we might not ever speak face to face in this lifetime, there’ll come a time when all this technology will no longer be needed for us to communicate.

  • Congrats 🙂 I have the Green one and I love it! It´s just amazing how fast technology develops – also backwards!
    Here, kids run around with mobiles or such that remind you of the “Boom-Blasters” of the 80´s. Music in rather bad quality blaring out, going on your nerves or rather make you shake your head in disbelieve.

    But, well, turntables are coming back as well. What a weird world!

  • Rodney,

    Try out the iPhone. I can talk, browse the Internet, play songs, and play games.

    But the Internet, as David, mention really boggles me. Brothers-in-Christ can communicate with each other half way around the world!

    It just turned 2009 in Times Square. They are having a hoot. Happy New Year to you all!

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